Disabled teen and aspiring chef Louis Makepeace, 18, says he had his conditional offer for a place on the Heart of Worcestershire College’s hospitality and catering course rescinded as he was deemed “too small” for the kitchen, reported the BBC.
Louis, from Worcester, is 3ft 10in and has dwarfism, and was “appalled” by the college’s actions. Pauline, his mother, also claimed that the course leader told her son that he should not do the course as he wouldn’t be allowed to work in a restaurant kitchen.
But in a positive turn around, celebrity chef and swearing fanatic Gordon Ramsay was made aware of the story when a fan tweeted it to him, saying that the college’s attitude was “disgusting,” and that he’d “offer him an apprenticeship any day.”
Disgusting attitude, I’d offer him an Apprenticeship any day. https://t.co/xYdfWJ7CLK
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) August 28, 2018
The BBC reached out to Ramsay, and a spokesperson confirmed that this was indeed a formal offer from the celebrity restaurateur for Louis to come and work for him, saying: “Gordon’s tweet was a genuine offer of help for Louis Makepeace, should he wish to pursue a cooking career within the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants chef apprentice programme.”
She added that Chef Ramsay had “supported and mentored hundreds of young chefs throughout his career, and strongly believes no one should be discriminated against in the workplace due to a disability.”
The Heart of Worcestershire College said in a statement that “at no point has Louis been told he could not attend his course but both Louis and Mrs Makepeace have been informed that the adjustments Louis requires will need to be agreed before an unconditional offer can be given,” and that the college had undertaken a review to ensure all appropriate adjustments are made in their kitchens for Louis.
There’s no word yet if Louis has taken Ramsay up on his offer, but we can’t wait to find out if the disabled teen will be the latest of Chef Ramsay’s recruits!
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